Best Home Grown Plums, Apricots, and Nectarines in Southern California
We had a gorgeous old plum tree in our back yard. It had produced really great juicy plums for 1 season, but unfortunately the tree was very old and was not well cared for by the previous owner, so we had to remove it a few months ago. It was infested with termites and ants!!. So we want to plant another plum tree, but there are so many different varieties we are not sure which one to plant. Do you have any recommendations? The ones we had were yellow inside when they were ripe, and then would turn purple inside as they got more ripe. Dark purple outside.
The best tasting plum variety to grow in a Southern California home garden is ‘Santa Rosa’. That’s the one I would plant if I could have a plum tree where I live. The reason I like this plum so much is that the flavor is very sweet when fully ripe and soft, but with a twang to it that makes it just the best taste I’ve ever enjoyed in a plum. When you grow your own plums you can wait until they are ripe before picking them and this makes the flavor incredibly good—far better than any store-bought or market-bought plum you can find.
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